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June 11, 2012

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Amanda

Good summary. You had a few more facts than what I had come across in my casual reading. PSD cancelled activities today due to air quality. Be careful not to spend too much time outside with the dogs. It was hard keeping the boys cooped up, and in some ways silly as the air quality within our house is also diminished. Still, I figure it is better than being exposed full on outdoors.

Aramati

I've been watching the updates closely too - Yesterday we helped evacuate the friends whose house we house-sit up by the reservoir. At about 6:30 pm you couldn't see the far end of the reservoir due to smoke. Thankfully Bodhi (cat with a - flavorful - personality who was part of last nights evac) is doing well cooped up in the guest room. It makes me grateful to be on the east side of town - even still we're getting ash-fall.

Deborah Robson

Amanda, we took the dogs for the no-frills walk that accomplishes all the necessary tasks. My daughter will be riding her bike with a mask on (as she did yesterday).

Aramati, I'm glad you're able to offer refuge. Me, I'm glad to hear yet another helicopter overhead: another drop underway. From the 1970s, I have not previously had good feelings about low-flying helicopters. These fires are changing that old pattern of mine.

--Deb

WAY too close for comfort! Sending good thoughts for EVERYONE.

Kathryn | Alpacamundo

I've been consumed with information about the fire too. We have a very good view of the full plume from our living room.

Meg

Argh! So unsettling!

Vultureview

We live somewhat remotely in the Santa Cruz Mountains of CA and have the same fears every summer. Although it is worth it to live here, we are always ready to leave if we need to. My thoughts are with all of you who live in similar situations.

Susan J. Tweit

Yikes. I don't think tomorrow's predicted weather is going to help much. it's cool and wet here in the PNW, and I imagine flying home tomorrow evening we'll get a pretty spectacular view of the fire. I wish I could bring rain with me, but I'm afraid this is our year of confronting the triple-threat of drought/global climate change/fuels build-up. Stay as cool as you can and as out of the smoke as you can.

Gretchen Frederick

I've been thinking about you every time Ft Collins and fire is in the radio broadcast. Glad to know you are alright.

It all sounds so scary...in the specific and generally for the future

Valerie

So scary and sad...hope everything is under control soon and the air quality improves.

Also wanted to compliment you on the great article in the current Spin Off.

Deborah Robson

Thanks to everyone for your comments and concern. We could see active flames from the nearby major intersection last night, although we are at very small risk personally. We have open invitations out to friends and their animals to come here, and we also *have* an open invitation to move farther east, with animals, if it comes to that--smoke being our biggest likely problem.

Susan, it's hard to see the effects of global climate change so close. It was also hard to have to drive the car yesterday morning instead of doing my anti-climate-change thing of taking the bike--because the air wasn't breathable for biking.

Valerie, I'm glad you enjoyed the article in the new Spin-Off. On pp. 57 and 59, the word "opossum" should be (and was) "possum." There will be a correction letter in the next issue {wry grin}.

Caroline

Thanks for keeping us up to date, this is quite a fire! I saw pictures on the news of people who've been evacuated coming back every couple of hours to run sprinklers and wet down everything around their houses.

Deb Robson

Most evacuees cant get back in once theyre out--both because of the danger to them and because they need to stay *out of the way* of the firefighters. Roads are closed.


But the helicopters are dumping water from the reservoirs onto the houses. Im guessing some folks who are on pre-evac (i.e., have gotten out before its mandatory) might be going back.


Rescue crews also have been going in, whenever possible, to retrieve animals that have had to be left behind by evacuees. I heard a lovely success story about that this morning: specific animals Id been worried about since Saturday are safe (although the fire was very close to them).

Cathy

My mother and sister found a story in their local newspapers (microfilm) about major forest fire in the late 1800s... at the site of the later Hayman burn.

I grew up playing in that area and had no clue that 70 or so yrs before it was devastated.

I hold on to that image.

Saw you at EP - sheep shearing. Looks like you enjoyed your work!

Vicky

My thoughts are with you that you and those in your community. I can not imagine how scary this is.

Freyalyn

Utterly terrifying. I'm finding this fascinating because we have nothing like this in the UK (I've had moor fires nearby me, but they never threaten property and livestock like this). Thank you for such an informative post.

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